To try and stop me from reading is like bows and arrows against the lightning. I love books. Love them. I prefer hardcovers to paperbacks for some reason I can't fathom other than my own clumsiness, I find paperbacks slip out of my hand.
I prefer non-fiction to fiction, but give me a good mystery every once in a while and I'm a happy boy. I like to read books in one or two sittings, more than that and the author has likely bored me and I've been lured away.
So it is you would think I'd be delighted in libraries-- I am not. Veronica has been on a library tour lately, so we've been to quite a few. I've left with stacks of books from their book sales but its rare for me to check a book out. I'm not sure what it is about it. I don't like the idea of having to return it. I don't like the idea of having yet another deadline in my life. Books should be an escape.
Audio Books are a funny thing-- I WANT to like them. Going for a run or a walk it would surely be nice to get another book in. I do a lot of walking for exercise and this is perfect. I have an Audible.com subscription but it's basically throwing $7 into the trash every month because I just can't get into it.
I hate having people read to me.
It goes back to the days when I would sit in the big chair at corporate meetings and officers of the corporation would read me whatever reports they had to submit. I was like a bored king slouched in my throne and asking if there was any end to the meandering they were presenting to me. Give me the report and I'll read it. I can read faster than you can speak and we can end this misery in half the time.
I desperately try to change this opinion. I've downloaded a few great books on tape to my phone with narrators I can tolerate and I play them as I walk and I find myself drifting away and having to restart it again realizing I have no idea what I was just listening too.
Compare that to reading STREET WARRIOR by Ralph Friedman which details his days as a beat cop in the Bronx in the 70s-- I can tell you more about Ralph than Ralph can. I absorbed that book in under a Saturday afternoon.
I won't give up on audio books, I'm stubborn like that. I'm convinced I'm just not getting what it is that makes so many people like them.